[:en]In January 2014, the new Labour Law (2013) was formally approved, replacing the Labour Law (2006). The new law is the result of extensive discussions between the various Lao authorities, private sector entities and development organisations, and introduces a number of changes to the basic rules of employment in Laos, including the employment of foreign workers.[:]
We are pleased to advise that McDonald Steed McGrath Lawyers Co Ltd (“the Firm”) is merging with Australian law firm Arion Legal, (www.arionlegal.com) creating a strong and improved presence and capability in the Lao PDR. With effect from today the Firm will change its name to Arion Legal (incorporating McDonald Steed McGrath Lawyers Co Ltd).
Under the new structure, Arion Legal will provide a much greater focus on the Lao PDR, building on the Firm’s excellent track record and standing in the Lao PDR where it has operated since 2008.
The merger will allow Arion Legal to leverage the strong market position of the Firm in the Lao PDR while providing the expanded resources and expertise that Arion Legal has to offer. The combination of the firms will offer greater scale, depth and reach in the Lao PDR and will provide significant opportunities and competitive advantages, building on the Firms’ established position in Laos in the energy & resources, hydro power, infrastructure and financial services sectors.
As you are no doubt aware, I was the original founding partner of McDonald Steed McGrath in Adelaide and established the Firm in Laos and as such I have spent a great deal of time working in Laos and I have a good understanding of the Firm’s established position in the market. Now, as a founding member of Arion Legal, I am very pleased to be able to continue with the development of the Firm’s business in Laos, and look forward to working with the expanded team of lawyers that the merger with Arion Legal provides.
In addition, Arion Legal is associated with the Arion Consulting Group, (www.arioncg.com), an independent professional advisory firm specialising in corporate advisory and related business strategy advice, as well as investment opportunities both in Australia and internationally. The merger with Arion Legal and the association with the Arion Consulting Group will provide clients with access to a far broader range of legal and business advisory services both in Australia and in the Asian region.
The office in Laos will continue to be managed by the current Country Manager, Ms Kate Baillie. For a profile of the full Arion Legal team please visit our website. Please also note our new office address, PO Box and telephone number.
We look forward to being of service to you and thank you for your support to date.
Read more about our merger in the article posted on J&C Expat.